Vice president to travel to Central and South America

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The first day of the conference focuses on prosperity and economic growth in the region while the second day will focus on achieving a stable and secure Central America. Pence has retained former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Richard Cullen, who is chairman of McGuire Woods, the Post reported.

That's according to a statement from Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen.

Vice President Mike Pence has retained the services of attorney Richard Cullen to represent him in legal matters related to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Cullen also previously served as Virginia's Attorney General in the late 1990s.

An aide tells NPR the decision to hire an outside lawyer has been under consideration for weeks, and Pence chose to go forward with it earlier this week.

Richard previously served as Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. They declined to say what had sparked Pence's decision to hire an outside lawyer and referred all questions concerning the Russian Federation investigation to Cullen's office.

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Amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is also looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, several White House aides are expected to be contacted by his team and are in the process of "lawyering up".

President Trump has his own private lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. He launched into a new Twitter tirade against it Thursday morning, calling it "phony" and the "single greatest with hunt in American political history".

Comey testified last week that the President demanded loyalty and pressed him to drop a probe into disgraced ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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